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Tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils. The main symptom of tonsillitis is a sore throat. There may be several other symptoms such as coughing, headaches and a fever. Tonsillitis can be caused by either a virus or bacteria, although most cases are viral. The incubation period (the time between picking up the infection and symptoms starting to appear) is usually two to four days.

Tonsillitis can spread from person to person through hand contact (then touching your mouth with contaminated hands), breathing in the airborne droplets after someone with tonsillitis has sneezed or sharing the utensils or toothbrush of an infected person. Children and adolescents aged 5-15 years old are most likely to get tonsillitis, but it can affect anyone.

Based on his vast experience in the field of Disease Management, Dr Abraham has observed that Chronic Tonsillitis affecting people with low immunity may later be developed as Asthma. Children with recurrent sneezing, sore-throat, throat pain or tonsillitis may soon develop asthma especially if there is a family history.



The main symptom of tonsillitis is a sore throat. Other common symptoms include:-

  • Red and swollen tonsils,
  • Pain when swallowing,
  • High temperature (fever) over 38°C,
  • Coughing,
  • Headache,
  • Tiredness,
  • Pain in your ears or neck,
  • White pus-filled spots on your tonsils, and
  • Swollen lymph nodes (glands) in your neck.

Less common symptoms of tonsillitis may include:-

  • Vomiting,
  • Constipation,
  • A 'furry' tongue,
  • Bad breath, and
  • Difficulty opening your mouth.



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